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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Three Games is a Winning Streak

So Maryland men won again yesterday, taking out the Charlotte 49ers in a close game that wasn't so close most of the time, 76-72.

One important thing: It was a road game. It's the first game Maryland has won on the road or in a neutral site. And Charlotte is not terrible, either - they've beaten Davidson, Southern Illinois (NCAA tournament teams last year) and Wake Forest (an opponent we're eyeing next week). We would've had them beaten by a lot, but I understand we had a sloppy second half. I know Gary is probably upset, because good teams have complete wins - they don't let up with a big lead.

I wasn't there, I can only look at the box score. Some quick hits:

- James Gist finally came out of hiding with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Greivis was behind him with 24 points and 5 assists.

- We got outrebounded and lost the turnover battle again. This cannot keep happening. Boom had 5 turnovers and 5 rebounds. I'm willing to give him a mulligan, but he's gotta hold onto that ball.

- Apparently we either played defense or Charlotte's leading scorer Leemire Goldwire had the worst off-day ever, going 3-for-17 on the day. The Baltimore Sun said Greivis provided most of the defense on Goldwire.

- We went 6-of-16 from 3-point range. Not too bad ... until you consider James Gist made two of those. That won't happen every game. Recently only Vasquez has been a consistent deep shooter and Hayes has been the only other guy who can make them. No one else seems to be contributing in this area.

Well, we've heard all of that before. Now Maryland sets itself to play Holy Cross at home on Tuesday. This will be a test. Plus, I'm bringing my family to watch the game - let's see if the Terps can handle the added pressure.

Go Terps! Win one for my mom!

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